Farm Kitchen invites all to sweet tradition

KINGSTON — A plethora of gumdrops, jellybeans, licorice, chocolate of all kinds and frosting will soon be available to both children and adults looking to construct a special house this holiday season — the edible kind. Employees at the Farm Kitchen are hard at work purchasing sweets and mixing up batches of durable gingerbread for the eighth year of gingerbread house parties.

Farm Kitchen Co-owner Hollis Fay said usually each year, for no apparent reason, there is one candy everyone wants to use, whether it be Tootsie Rolls, peppermints or gummy worms, there will be a run on one type of sweet. To prepare, she said she is stocking up on as many different goodies as possible for residents to use while creating that perfect masterpiece, snacking through the entire construction process.

“We always look for new candies and, or things that were really popular last year,” Fay said. “We’ve expanded it to five days, five different dates, because last year the parties were usually filled. It’s a lot about people creating tradition, and kids being able to do something with their parents.”

She said many families have attended every year since the first the parties were held, and others are discovering it for the first time this season. At the first party of the season, held Nov. 24, a family with two grown boys decided to try their hand at constructing a house of goodies, and it was like watching them be transported back to boyhood.

“Everybody becomes a kid again,” she said. “It’s for all ages... For kids from 3 to 99.”

The gingerbread recipe is one Fay said she developed herself, and is changing every year as Farm Kitchen workers strive to create dough that is both durable and delicious. Many of the houses are given as gifts and saved for many years as decorations. Others, usually made by the younger generation, don’t last the car ride home, Fay said with a laugh.

Residents interested in pursuing construction of their own gingerbread house can reserve a spot for one of the parties Dec. 2, 8, 9 or 15 either by calling the Farm Kitchen at (360) 297-6615, or visiting Reservations are required, and Fay said the best way to sign up is online.

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